Morning Briefing: More weakness in China, oil falls

Morning Briefing: More weakness in China, oil falls

Morning Briefing: More weakness in China, oil falls More weakness in China, oil falls
China is very much in focus Monday as fears of weak demand hit oil prices and equities are dented by poor manufacturing sentiment. A survey of factory owners shows that there was some upward movement but the PMI from Caixin reveals that China’s manufacturing sector is still contracting (48.3 on the index) and by more than official figures (49.8) suggest.

The news had hit oil prices which are down more than 1.5 per cent so far. Equities are also lower, especially in Asia where the major markets, except for the KOPSI, closed with losses.

In Europe the main indexes are mixed on the Chinese data and regional earnings. There are slim gains for most of the major markets so far.

New York and Toronto are expected to open higher.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,663.54 (-0.52 per cent) +7.23 per cent +1.57 per cent
TSX Composite 13,529.17 (-1.90 per cent) +1.42 per cent -7.42 per cent
 
Europe (at 6.10am ET)
UK FTSE 6,342.75 (-0.29 per cent) +3.47 per cent -3.11 per cent
German DAX 10,924.00 (+0.68 per cent) +14.35 per cent +17.12 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,475.96 (-1.64 per cent) +8.52 per cent +38.58 per cent
Japan Nikkei 1,526.97 (+2.00 per cent) +5.68 per cent +14.50 per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.15am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
48.80
(-1.53 per cent)
45.80
(-1.70 per cent)
1136.70
(-0.41 per cent)
U$0.7629
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7138
 
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